Lautenberg and Vitter did their best on a tight time frame to come up with a bipartisan bill. As human beings, it only makes sense they didnít get everything right. Itís up to the rest of us to help finish the work and get this done and, more importantly, get it done right.
Andy Igrejas is the director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a nonpartisan coalition of 450 health and environmental organizations, unions and businesses.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.